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Send announcements to the connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to

herndon@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Saturday, Nov. 20, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will be appearing at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, performing folk, bluegrass and country music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $15. Information/reservations, call Ellie at 703-437-1883 or Bob at 703-435-8377. Payment on concert night. Snack service available. Holy Cross is handicapped accessible.

St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church is hosting the Community Thanksgiving Holy Communion Service Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. St. Timothy's is located at 432 Van Buren St. at the corner of Spring and Van Buren Streets.

Each year First Baptist Church of Herndon, Herndon United Methodist Church , Trinity Presbyterian Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church , and St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church take turns hosting an ecumenical communion service of thanksgiving; this yearÊSt. Timothy's Episcopal Church is the host church. All offerings collected during this service will be donated to LINK, a local food bank that was founded and maintainedÊbyÊlocal churches.

ForÊ13 6 years St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries. For more information, call the church Monday through Friday 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at 703-4373790 or visit its Web site for details about the services provided by St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church at www.saint~timothys.org.

Book discussion will be held at St. Timothy's Church Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. This month's book selection is "Cry, the Beloved Country"Êby Alan Paton. This book is a story of South Africa in the 1940s. The book discussion of Alan Paton's book will be led by the Rev. Kedron Jarvis in the churches narthex. Bring a copy of the book and, if desired, a snack to share. For more information, call 703-437-3790 or e-mail Jarvis at kedronj@saint-timothys.org.

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is located at 432 Van Buren Street in Herndon and is located on the corner of Van Buren and Spring streets.

Thanksgiving Services will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. This special service will presided over by the Rev. Brad Rundlett and the Rev. Kedron Jarvis. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is located at the corner of Van Buren and Spring streets in Herndon. Free child care is available for this service. All are welcome to attend.ÊÊ

Jew for Judaism and the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning have together launched a creative writing contest for students and adults in the Greater Washington area. The title of the contest is "Stops Along My Jewish Journey. " It is open to students in grades one-12 as well as interested adults. The goal of this contest is to promote a love of Judaism and to stimulate and share one's expression of that love. The students contest is divided into three categories: grades one-five, six-eight and nine-12, with prizes for all ages.

The contest deadline is Nov. 29 and winners will be announced on the last night of Chanukah, Dec. 14. The flyer and application for both contests are available on the Jews for Judaism Web site, www.jewsforjudaism.org.

All contestants will receive a Certificate of Participation and a copy of Jews for Judaism's counter-missionary handbook, "The Jewish Response to Missionaries."

The Herndon Ecumenical Discussion Group will not meet at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in November or December. The next meeting will be Jan. 29, 2005, following the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 17-21. The group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon, to study the unity and diversity of Christian heritage. meeting are in room 213 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. All are welcome. For more information, call 703-437-1196.

The Herndon Ecumenical Discussion Group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon, to study the unity and diversity of Christian heritage. Meetings are in room 213 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. All are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 703-437-1196.

Every Wednesday at noon, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, offers a lunch-time Prayer and Healing Service. This 30-minute nondenominational service is offered to all local residents and people working in businesses in Herndon and surrounding areas; and allows people an opportunity to worship during the work week when they may be away from their regular church. All are welcome. For additional information please call the church Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 703-437-3790 or visit the Web site www.saint-timothys.org. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries for more than 136 years.

Fairfax County is offing free help to parents at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, through its Nurturing Parenting Program. The 24 sessions will continue until Jan. 17, 2005. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs till 8 p.m. Dinner is served and child care will be provided free of charge for all participants. These meetings will be conducted in English and is designed to help families with children age 0-4. The program is designed for the entire family.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a series of courses providing education for families to build stronger, healthier interactions among all family members. It is designed to prevent, reduce or reverse potentially destructive patterns of family life that result in mistreating oneself, members of one's family and one's community. For more information, contact Krissa Sloan at 703-324-7745 or via e-mail at Krissa.Sloan@fairfaxcounty.gov or Vera Berrio Breton at 703-324-7737.

Music director Peter Waggoner was warmly welcomed when he joined St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Herndon Aug. 23. He comes to St. Timothy's after Sue Bogart, the past music director, announced her retirement after 20-plus years. Waggoner is a skilled musician and can play the 200-year old organ in St. Timothy's sanctuary. Waggoner has been playing the organ since he was 8, and has a bachelor's in sacred music and is pursuing a master's in church music. He serves as the church's organist, bell master and choir master, choosing service music and conducting rehearsals for St. Timothy's five choirs.

With a generous donation of a complete set of choir bells Waggoner is teaching and conducting St. Timothy's first ever full bell choir. Anyone interested in joining St. Timothy's Church and participating in any of its many music programs should contact the church office at 703-437-3790.

Waggoner also gives private music lessons at St. Timothy's, and is accepting new students. For more information e-mail Waggoner at peterw@saint-timothys.org.

Solve gift-giving problems at the Alternative Gift Market Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in

Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by UUCR, with Alternative Gifts International, Ten Thousand Villages, Reston Interfaith, Heifer International, UNICEF, Northern Virginia Training Center, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, American Near East Refugee Aid and Amazon Project.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation is sponsoring a Gala Art Auction Nov. 20. A variety of art pieces will be available for auction, including some originals. Lithographs and serigraphs of works by Agam, Chagall, Neiman, Delacroix, Rockwell, Wooster-Scott, Tarkay, Wyeth, Brodinsky, Boulanger, Lui, Moses will be available, plus sports memorabilia and cells. Bidding is expected to start as low as $35 for some pieces. Proceeds will benefit BCRC.

The evening will begin with a preview of the pieces to be auctioned and a wine and cheese reception. Following the auction, hors dÕoeuvres and dessert will be served. Door prizes will be given away also. Tickets are $12.50 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information about the auction, please call 703-726-0048 or 703-729-4629.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation is a member of Union for Reform Judaism and serves Loudoun and western Fairfax County. Additional information about BCRC, its services and programs can be found at http://www.bethchaverim.org/ or by calling 703-391-8669.

Book discussion to be held at St. Timothy's Church Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. This month's book selection is "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. This book is a story of South Africa in the 1940s. The book discussion will be led by the Rev. Kedron Jarvis. All are welcome in the church's narthex for this book discussion. Bring a copy of the book and, optionally, a snack to share. Questions, call 703-437-3790 or e-mail the Rev. Kedron Jarvis at kedronj@saint-timothys.org .

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church address is 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will be holding its annual Chanukah Boutique Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, between 9 a.m. and noon. The boutique will have a large selection of items available, including decorative items and gifts. For more information about the Chanukah Boutique, call 703-777-8023.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation is a member of Union for Reform Judaism and serves Loudoun and western Fairfax County. Additional information about BCRC, its services and programs can be found at http://www.bethchaverim.org/ or by calling 703-391-8669.

All are invited to a community interfaith worship service to be held on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the United Christian Parish of Reston, 11508 North Shore Drive. Participants will include Sheikh Rashid Lamptey of the All-Dulles Area Muslim Society, Barry Pilson of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, the Rev. Sandi John of Washington Plaza Baptist Church, the Rev. Terry Hannon of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, the Rev. Sidney Wilde of the Reston Unitarian-Universalist Church, and the Rev. Dr. Bruce Irwin of the United Christian Parish. Local elected officials will also take part. The service will include readings from the Koran and the Old and New Testaments and music by a joint vocal choir. For more information, call the United Christian Parish at 703-620-3065.

One-act play with music and dance, an adaptation of "A Christmas Miracle," at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Reston Presbyterian Church, corner of Sunset Hills and Hunter Mill Roads. Free admission. In this witty play, a way-too-busy businessman nearly meets his maker on Christmas Eve, but gets a second chance at life. Free babysitting, free refreshments, ample parking. For more information call 703-759-5515 or visit www.rpcconnected.org.